The Congressional Approach Lighting System Improvement Program (C-ALSIP) implements a variety of different visual guidance lighting systems: High Intensity Approach Lighting System with Sequenced Flashing Lights (ALSF-2) (CAT II/III); Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator Lights (MALSR) (CAT I); Precision Approach Path Indicator Lights (PAPI); Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL); Runway Edge Lights (REL); and Portable Lights for Remote Alaska Airfields. Service provided includes both non-precision approaches as well as Category (CAT) I, II, and III service to congressionally mandated sites. Since 1999, there have been a number of mandated projects inclusive of a Rural Alaska Lighting Program (RALP) which is designed to make improvements in areas where access to medical facilities is limited.

Portable Lighting Technology Landing Setup
Portable Lighting Technology Landing Setup

For the period FY02 through FY10 there are 86 PAPIs, 87 REILS, 28 sets of Runway Edge Lights, 7 sets of Landing Zone Lights sets, and also 59 sets of Portable Lights funded under the RALP.

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Typically Challenging Alaskan Airfields

FAA Service Area Leads

Eastern Service Area (ESA): Jim Hanrahan (202) 493-4746
Central Service Area (CSA): Gary Rixmann (202) 493-4767
Western Service Area (WSA): Valerie Jackson (202) 267-3107

Current Status: The FAA continues to work these projects and resolve some of the unique environmental concerns that impact them. Remote locations, spectacular terrain, weather extremes, and extensive land areas add to the challenges faced. Construction opportunities in Alaska are limited to a few months due to weather conditions.